Christmas is six days away, but it's not too late to get into the Christmas spirit if you haven't already. I've been encountering some folks who are having trouble getting into the spirit this year. Here's a quote from one of my friends which seems to sum up what I've been hearing,
"Of late, I have been dreading the over-commercialism and expected gluttony of consumerism. Avoiding Christmas at best..."
And yet, I'm also noticing that many of these same people who are objecting to the commercialism and crowds are also deciding to do something new.
And I think this is really what Christmas can be about: a rebirth of sorts. We can decide to view things in a different way.
Ernest Holmes says that viewing Christmas as a time for honoring birth is more about "a birth in our consciousness as the realization of love, of truth, of beauty and of power." (from the December issue of Science of Mind magazine, in continuous publication since 1927)
"The new birth comes not by observation nor by loud proclamation, but through an inner sense of reality." Science of Mind textbook, page 472
If you are having trouble enjoying the beauty, love, truth and power of Christmas, maybe it is time to look at changing your perception about it.